Category Archives: Tunes

Tin Whistle Tunes for Valentine’s Day

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A selection of Tin Whistle tunes to play in your Valentine’s Day sessions, with sheet music, audio examples and whistle tabs. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the sheet music & tabs download

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Paddy’s Gone to France – Low Whistle Tune

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Paddy’s Gone to France, a reel to learn on low whistle with sheet music and low whistle tabs

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Maguire’s March – Low Whistle Tune

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Maguire’s March – Irish tune for Low Whistle with sheet music, tabs & audio

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The Clare Reel – Low Whistle Tune

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Sheet music & recording of The Clare Reel, an unusual reel played on low whistle.

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Thanksgiving Tunes for Tin Whistle

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Alhough Thanksgiving isn’t a traditional feast day in ireland, Irish all over America celebrate thanksgiving every year. 6 Irish tunes you can play at Thanksgiving, for tin whistle, with audio recordings, sheet music & whistle tabs (fingering charts). Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the free pdf sheet music booklet.


Apples in Winter (Jig)

The Blarney Pilgrim (Jig)

The Cook in the Kitchen (Jig)

The Leg of the Duck (Jig)

The Pilgrim (Jig)

Thanksgiving (Air)

It is a New England Autumn in 1621. The beautiful gold and crimson leaves contribute to the festive atmosphere that blankets Plimoth village. The smell of roasting Turkeys adds to the ambience. The little village’s fifty English settlers are preparing a harvest festival in celebration of having survived the previous year’s great hardships and brought in their first crops in the New World.

Historically, the Irish have looked to America as a beacon of hope, a refuge from the troubles back home. During the mid-19th century, the Great Hunger—better known as the Irish Potato Famine—drove more than a million Irish to seek new horizons. The emigrants brought not only their hopes and dreams but also their cultural traditions. They gradually integrated into American society, an integration symbolically represented in their participation in Thanksgiving, a ritual meal that marked their transformation from foreigners to American citizens. As the Irish climbed the social ladder, their involvement in American rituals like Thanksgiving played a crucial role in this transition​.

Irish immigrants and their descendants have made significant contributions to various aspects of American life, including politics, industry, organized labor, religion, literature, music, and art. These contributions reflect the rich cultural heritage they brought with them and how they influenced the society they adopted. Remembering and sharing the history of the Irish in America is essential, particularly during Thanksgiving, as it reinforces the values of endurance, community, and gratitude. The holiday table serves as a meeting place for the past and the present, a place where stories of old are passed down and new memories are made.

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Irish Tunes for Easter – with Tin Whistle Notes

Irish Tunes for Easter

Irish Tunes for Easter – with Tin Whistle Notes: 6 Easter-themed traditional Irish tunes with sheet music and whistle tabs. I play each tune slowly, and also at moderate speed with ornamentation. Scroll to the end of the page for the free pdf sheet music download.

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Tin Whistle Tunes for St Patrick’s Day

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With March 17 fast approaching, here is a selection of tin whistle tunes for St Patrick’s Day, with sheet music, whistle tabs and audio. As usual scroll to the end of the page to download the sheet music & tabs in pdf format.

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The Ladies’ Pantalettes (Reel) – Irish Flute Tune

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Reel played on Irish flute, a version I got from the book “The Dance Music of Willie Clancy”. Played once through slowly, & up to speed. Free sheet music download at the bottom of the page.

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The Butlers of Glen Avenue (Jig) – Tin Whistle Tune

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The Butlers of Glen Avenue, a jig composed by Tony Sullivan, played on tin whistle & with sheet music and fingering charts (tabs) for tin whistle

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